According to an analysis of preliminary data that was collected for the Governors Highway Safety Association, the rate of pedestrian deaths surged by an estimated 10 percent nationwide during the first half of 2015. California accounted for more fatal pedestrian accidents than any other state.
The report states that 347 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents in California over the first half of 2015. If the rate of accidents ends up being the same for the second half of the year, then 2014-2015 will have had the largest year-to-year increase in fatal pedestrian accidents since data was first collected in the current federal system in 1975.
The Governors Highway Safety Association attributes the increase of catastrophic pedestrian accidents to the ever-growing use of handheld electronic devices, warmer weather conditions, and to an overall greater number of pedestrians. According to the report, almost three-quarters of fatal pedestrian accidents happen after dark.
At The Rowley Law Firm, our Orange County catastrophic injury attorneys understand just how much could depend upon the outcome of these claims, and we can develop comprehensive legal strategies to help the families of accident victims aggressively pursue compensation and justice for their tragic loss. To speak with one of our attorneys about the particulars of your case directly, please call our offices at (805) 272-4001 today.